See the Summer Ecopreneurial Immersion (Eco-SEI) Fellowship awardees for 2024.

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is an MBA candidate at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), where he focuses on the role of software in the energy transition. Prior to the GSB, Josh led an engineering team at Raptor Maps, an early stage startup building software for the solar industry. He was based in Greentown Labs, the largest climate tech incubator in North America, and served on Greentown’s member committee. Josh cut his teeth in as an engineer at Meta, where he spent four years launching products like Instagram Fundraisers and Reels to Meta’s 2B+ users. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Eco-SEI Focus – Surge

Surge is accelerating battery R&D with modern software. Joshʼs time supporting startups at Greentown Labs showed him firsthand how painful battery R&D can be. He saw electrochemistry startups struggle with large datasets, buggy sensors, and complex experiment protocols. Surge is building world-class developer tools for battery researchers.

Josh Cohen

Aramis Dufour & Antoine Alary

Aramis is driven by a passion for energy and a commitment to fighting climate change. Before coming to Stanford to earn a MS degree in Atmosphere/Energy from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department, Aramis studied math and energy systems at École Polytechnique. He worked on a European power trading desk and is currently a research assistant at SLAC, working on algorithms to analyze distributed PV systems. Aramis is eager to understand how the millions of energy inefficient traditional European homes could effectively be retrofitted, lowering energy bills for everyone while providing major climate benefits.

 

Antoine is passionate about energy problematics and driven by the urge of fighting climate change to limit its impact on the most vulnerable. Before joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering MS on Atmosphere/Energy at Stanford, he earned an engineering degree at Ecole Polytechnique studying energy economics and renewable electricity production. His experiences in the private sector and academia, focused on renewable energy systems and project development, convinced him that decarbonization of the grid was only part of the solution, and that other aspects like energy efficiency were necessary components of a just and sustainable world

Eco-SEI Focus – Effinov

Residential buildings account for 44% of France’s primary energy consumption, and contribute to 20% of related greenhouse gas emissions. Technologies for high-performing energy retrofits are mature, but the market is hindered by small-scale improvements with limited impact. Upfront cost is a major deterrent for French homeowners. Effinov would solve this pain point as a third-party financing company. It would pay the upfront cost of deep retrofits and earn back returns on the energy savings. This would involve estimating the upfront cost and savings of a retrofit, identifying and securing subsidies and 0% public loans, and financing the remaining part.

Aramis Dufour
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Antoine Alary

Johanna von der Leyen

Johanna is a graduate student in International Policy and Environmental Science at Stanford. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked at McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice, advising private sector clients on sustainability strategies and climate risk topics. During her parental leave from McKinsey, she received a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge (UK). At Stanford, Johanna’s work focuses on addressing environmental issues from a business and policy perspective. Her interest is centered on harnessing technological innovation to address nature- and climate-related challenges, with a focus on risk assessment, adaptation strategies, and the scalable implementation of nature-based solutions. 

Eco-SEI Focus – NatureAssets

How can infrastructure and land asset owners increase the resilience of their assets against climate change and simultaneously uplift their assets’ value? By seeing nature as part of the solution and investing in nature-based solutions (NbS). Our project NatureAssets aims to develop software-based solutions to enable asset owners to navigate NbS investments and identify suitable NbS based on local conditions, future projections, and nearby partnership opportunities. This results in an automated optimal solution that leverages all available synergistic ecosystems and stakeholders and replaces the piece-meal and very manually intensive approaches of the past.

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Johanna von der Leyen

Yalcin Aydin

Yalcin Aydin is an accomplished sustainability consultant and engineer with five years of experience in the energy and manufacturing sectors, currently pursuing an MBA and MS E-IPER at Stanford University. His career highlights include designing a comprehensive decarbonization strategy that supported a nation’s transition to net-zero emissions, enabling significant growth and international expansion for a solar and wind energy company, and spearheading the development and distribution of a novel COVID-19 diagnostic test kit during the pandemic. Yalcin is deeply committed to sustainable development and is particularly interested in finding low-carbon, low-cost geologic hydrogen reservoirs.

Eco-SEI Focus – Hydrify

Hydrify is pioneering the future of hydrogen production with its innovative technology for enhancing geologic hydrogen. By leveraging advanced AI algorithms and reaction modelling expertise, Hydrify strategically identifies and stimulates hydrogen-rich source rocks near demand centers, enabling efficient, low-cost, and low-carbon hydrogen production on demand.

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Yalcin Aydin

Jake Blank

Jake (MBA ’25) is an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business passionate about energy and climate infrastructure. Before coming to Stanford, Jake spent several years in New York investing in clean energy as a Deputy Director for D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, driving and underwriting acquisitions of climate infrastructure projects representing over $1bn in investment. Jake has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Public policy focused on electricity markets from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar.

Project Mergo – Corporate Decarbonization

Per the Rocky Mountain Institute, 23,000 companies representing >50% of global market capitalization have near-term climate commitments. Mergo is focused on finding solutions for the businesses which credibly & certainly reduce emissions from harder to abate sources of greenhouse gas, with minimal disruption to their business practices or growth plans.

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Jake Blank

Ryan Bayne

MBA ’25. Previous Mechanical Engineer for mobile microgrids bringing fail safe power to largest events and entertainment in the US.

Eco-SEI Focus – VoltIQ

Facilitating mega-load interconnection and proactive grid investments for an increasingly capacity constrained grid.

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Ryan Bayne

Camila Nicollier Sanchez

Camila is an Industrial Engineer with a background spanning 5 years across both big corporations and early-stage startups. She has experience coordinating and scaling Data Science and Data Engineering teams to develop and optimize ML models that serve the strategic decision-making process. Her background blends a robust business mindset with a deep technical understanding that is being refined while pursuing her master’s degree in Statistics and Data Science at Stanford. This combination equips her with the skills to coordinate technical teams, ensuring their actions align with the business needs and vision.  

Eco-SEI Focus – PermitPal

PermitPal is a matchmaking platform working to bring together renewable energy developers who are primed to power the green revolution across America, and rural communities who stand to gain local jobs, local tax revenue, and lower energy costs from working with these developers. Our matchmaking works by sharing with developers each county’s nuanced community dynamics and detailed history of infrastructure development. We help developers use these insights to plan where to build, and craft community engagement strategies to mitigate opposition.

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Camila Nicollier Sanchez

Richa Chaturvedi

Richa Chaturvedi is a joint Harvard MPA & Stanford MBA ’25 student passionate about using creative capital to fund the climate transition.  She has worked across the climate finance ecosystem, including roles at BlackRock Sustainable Investing, New Leaf Climate Partners, the state of Hawaii, and the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office.  In her free time Richa can be found swimming or searching for spicy food.  

Eco-SEI Focus – Forus Capital

Today, millennials are being sidelined from financially participating in the energy transition. In the US, qualified investor rules keep most retail investors out of private markets where much of the climate investment opportunity lies. Instead, these investors can access a limited number of sustainably-branded ETFs and mutual funds across their personal investment and 401(k) accounts. At the same time, climate founders are eager for funding but are having trouble finding the right source of capital. Materials, industrials, energy efficiency, and other heavy tech companies often do not meet the return or time horizon profile of venture investments and struggle to find other funding.  Forus is a new market that matches the supply of capital (retail investors) with the corresponding demand for climate financing (climate founders).

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Richa Chaturvedi

Stephen Han

Stephen is a Californian who has dedicated most of his career so far to developing software systems for enhancing computing capabilities in biopharmaceutical research & development at Gilead Sciences. He has also spent another part of his career as a generalist software engineer. His educational background is in biochemistry, molecular biology, and management science. Following an interest in learning how we use and produce everyday chemicals at scale, he is currently studying towards an MS in Chemical Engineering here at Stanford. Stephen is especially focused on innovations that could simultaneously benefit our climate, human, and economic health, exploring how engineering can lead to more sustainable practices, technologies, and overall good.

Eco-SEI Focus – Commercializing Plants that Grow with Atmospheric Nitrogen

Our project markets an application of synthetic biology to transfer cellular machinery across life forms. We aim to commercialize engineered plants capable of synthesizing nitrogen from atmospheric nitrogen, replacing synthetic fertilizers. This technology can significantly benefit the planet and economy by addressing three major issues: First, synthetic nitrogen production and transport contribute approximately 2.1% to global greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, over 50% of applied synthetic nitrogen is wasted, and moreover, causes environmental pollution as runoff. Lastly, dependence on synthetic nitrogen carries with it price volatility due to supply chain disruptions and geopolitical fluctuations. Embracing this innovation ensures a sustainable future for global agriculture.

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Stephen Han

Summer Shaw

Summer is excited to build businesses that tackle roadblocks in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Before coming to Stanford to earn her JD/MBA, Summer worked in consulting at McKinsey & Company, early-stage climate tech incubation at Google X, and state government operations and policy in Missouri and New York. At Stanford, Summer has focused on barriers to financing and developing low-carbon infrastructure through her work at the Department of Energy Loan Programs Office and CIM Group. In her free time, she loves to sail (preferably on warm, sunny days), experiment with new recipes, and attempt the crossword

Eco-SEI Focus – Scaling up renewable energy infrastructure

What does it take to scale-up renewable energy infrastructure and develop a robust domestic supply chain for low-carbon materials? Summer’s project focuses on the challenges in manufacturing, procuring, constructing, and permitting renewable energy infrastructure in the U.S. She is particularly interested in how traditional industries can adapt and thrive amidst the energy transition.

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Summer Shaw

Tripp Twyman

Tripp is a second-year MBA (’24) from San Diego, CA. He completed his Bachelors Accounting, Finance and Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. He wrote his honors thesis on the differences between the entrepreneurial environments of the United States and Japan. His capstone entrepreneurship project was a venture to commercialize a molecule invented in a chemical engineering lab at UA. Before the GSB, he worked in strategy consulting at Boston Consulting Group focusing on large-scale change projects. Tripp also loves fresh baked cookies, scuba diving and trying new recipes.

Eco-SEI Focus – Urban Wind Flow Modeling

We’re exploring whether real estate developers would buy a software tool that uses machine learning and computational fluid dynamics to predict wind flow patterns in cities. Climate change will impact building design, construction and comfort. This tool could offer the data to guide real estate adaptations in urban areas.

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Tripp Twyman

Nan Li

Nan is currently pursuing an MSx degree at Stanford GSB. Before joining Stanford, Nan co-founded and served as a board director of Silk Sportscar Company, an automotive manufacturing firm with operations in Italy, China, and the US. Silk specializes in new energy supercars. Prior to Silk, Nan co-founded Trella, a forestry technology company focused on carbon emission insetting through closed-loop forestation services. Additionally, Nan serves as a Board Director at the US-China Green Institute, where he contributes to global cooperation for sustainable environmental solutions. Being an entrepreneur, Nan is committed to sustainable development through technology breakthroughs.

Eco-SEI Focus – IgniX

Addressing the climate crisis and upcoming bans on gas and diesel vehicles necessitates sustainable alternatives. While EVs are beneficial, they face limitations in medium and heavy-duty applications due to lower power density relative to weight and limited range. Hydrogen enables longer travel on less fuel, and the DOE’s plan to reduce green hydrogen costs enhances its viability. With an established supply chain, hydrogen engine-based solutions could be ideal for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. This project aims to analyze the market potential and commercialization strategies of hydrogen engine-based vehicles, focusing on early adopter applications such as fleet operations, where infrastructure limitations can be mitigated.

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Justin West

Justin West ‘25 is a B.S. candidate in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence. He has conducted research in transitioning institutions towards Zero Waste. Justin is committed to the ethical application of data. While working at the City of San Jose, Justin founded the GovAI Coalition, which attracted over 100 government agencies and set a national standard for AI procurement. As a Sustainability Data Analyst at Stanford, he implemented a campus-wide Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network and developed machine learning models that significantly reduced resource consumption, saving approximately $600,000 annually.

Eco-SEI Focus – Scheduling for Sustainability

The Scheduling for Sustainability (S4S) initiative is designed to maximize efficiency in HVAC scheduling across commercial buildings. Utilizing occupancy-based strategies, this platform leverages database technologies and integrates existing automation and data management frameworks. By employing a standardized building data ontology with sophisticated meta-tagging, S4S simplifies the operational process and enhances transparency without necessitating extensive technical expertise from users. The initiative features a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) built around effective change management techniques. The occupancy-based program for HVAC scheduling has the potential to achieve global energy savings of 1-2%, equating to billions in annual cost savings.

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Justin West

Serena Rivera-Korver

Serena is a dual degree candidate pursuing an M.A. in International Policy and an M.S. in Environment and Resources. Her environmental journey began after witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria in St. Martin. This inspired her to focus on sustainability, assisting Duke University with a purchase of 17,000 tons of carbon credit options and investing in sustainability-focused startups at Ulu Ventures. At Stanford, Serena aims to bridge the gap between science, technology, finance, and emerging markets. With a background in product management and venture capital, she is committed to accelerating scalable solutions to climate change.

Eco-SEI Focus – Scaling Uncertainty Aware MRV

Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) is a process used to track and confirm the amount of greenhouse gases removed by CDR projects. It ensures transparency and accuracy in climate efforts by providing methods to measure progress and verify results. Yet scientific uncertainties abound, and a lack of standardization and trust has hampered the growth of carbon markets. Serena is exploring the best pathways to scale for best-in-class MRV solution for nature-based and open systems projects developed by the Maher Lab with the Stanford Sustainability Accelerator.

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Serena Rivera-Korver

Suman Kumar

Suman is pursuing an MIP-EIPERs degree as a Knight Hennessy Scholar. After the Nepal earthquake, he collaborated with non-profits to design and manufacture machines that built 5,365 shelters for over 26,000 victims. His social venture rebuilt two schools for 150+ students and created a digital learning platform for 500+ students with limited educational access. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Suman led technological innovation projects in Nepal, collaborating with UCSF, Berkeley, and Stanford labs which. His manufacturing business built machines for waste-recycling factories, Nepal’s first aquaponics farm, and a UN research project.

Eco-SEI Focus – Soft Magnets

This project focuses on developing low core loss magnets for use in high efficiency electric machines by using materials that minimize eddy currents.

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Suman Kumar

Sabrina Afroz

Before coming to Stanford, Sabrina (MBA’25) served as a Senior Economist at the Financial Accountability Office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada. She led the first-of-its-kind project in Canada to quantify the cost of climate hazards on a $700 billion public infrastructure portfolio of roads, bridges, stormwater, wastewater, and buildings, identifying budgetary needs to maintain the public infrastructure in a state of good repair over the rest of the century. Through this experience, Sabrina recognized the critical need for proactive measures to address climate risks and prevent the failure of vital infrastructure assets.

Eco-SEI Focus – ResilienceIQ

This summer, Sabrina is exploring how water infrastructure managers can identify failure risks of their critical assets early and minimize maintenance and capital spending. In the US, aging drinking, stormwater, and wastewater assets face higher failure risks, exacerbated by extreme weather events. According to an ASCE report, an estimated $7.6 billion of treated water was lost in 2019 due to leaks. Sabrina is exploring the idea of a streamlined platform that leverages machine learning to predict failure risks, enable scenario planning, and minimize the maintenance and capital costs over the lifecycle of critical assets.

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Sabrina Afroz

Pingyu Wang

(PhD ’24) Pingyu leverages advanced microfabrication technologies to innovate scalable and affordable biosensors. They seek to interface biological systems with advanced bioelectronics, and gather unprecedentedly rich data that reveal the complex dynamics that are inaccessible with current technologies. This will inform more effective management of biological systems and tackle challenges ranging from human health to the environment.

Eco-SEI Focus – CycleN

Nitrous oxide, with a warming potential 300 times that of CO2, is predominantly emitted by agriculture and waste treatment sectors. This project assesses the market for a novel nitrous oxide sensing and removal technology targeting these sectors. It will explore customer needs and regulatory challenges, focusing on the value of quantifying and converting waste emissions into valuable agricultural resources using circular economy principles. Engagement will involve surveys, interviews, and focus groups, with findings shaping technology adaptation and strategic market entry.

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Pingyu Wang